Webinar: Friends Groups & Master Naturalists  

Webinar: Friends Groups & Master Naturalists

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*Online Event


Thu, Jul 23    
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Master Naturalists and friends groups have a lot in common. We’re going to talk about opportunities for collaboration to work towards achieving mutual goals. Join this webinar to learn and ask questions about this topic!

  • Discover how the Master Naturalist program works.
  • Hear from friends groups that already collaborate with Master Naturalists.
  • Join a Q&A session.


Did you miss the webinar? No worries, you’re in luck! The webinar was recorded, so you can watch it on your own time.


We’re thrilled to partner with the University of Minnesota Extension Master Naturalist program on this webinar. You’ll hear directly from their staff, who will provide insight into their program.


Amy Rager

Program Director, Minnesota Master Naturalist; Extension Educator; Professor

portrait of Amy Rager

Amy received a BA in Elementary Education from the College of St. Scholastica and a MEd in Environmental Leadership and Learning from the University of Minnesota. She has worked for cooperative extension for 28 years in various positions, but has always tied her work to the environment. She is currently the state program director for the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program. (pronouns: she/her/hers)

Beth Hayden

President, Gateway Browns Creek Trail Association

Beth Hayden is the current President of the Gateway-Brown’s Creek Trail Association, located in the east metro area of the Twin Cities. Beth has a long history with outdoor organizations, beginning with childhood engagements at school and in 4-H to her 19 years working at The Nature Conservancy in MN-ND-SD. She is an advocate for all people to get outdoors and connect with nature, and sees our trails and parks as a true gift to our world. (pronouns: she/her/hers)

Jay McLaren

President, Friends of Whitewater State Park; President, Master Naturalist

Jay W. McLaren, Ph.D. is a scientist and Professor of Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Shortly after retiring from his research position a few years ago, Jay took the Master Naturalist Volunteer course on Big Woods, Big Rivers at Whitewater State Park. He works as a volunteer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, state and local parks, and the Upper Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge. He recently became president of the board of the Friends of Whitewater. (pronouns: he/him/his)

Sara Holger

Lead Interpretive Naturalist, Whitewater State Park

DNR employee

Sara is the Lead Interpretive Naturalist at Whitewater State Park. She is also a Minnesota Master Naturalist Instructor and has trained more than 200 Master Naturalist volunteers in the southeast corner of the state. (pronouns: she/her/hers)

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